Festive Fruit and Nut Balls

By Jeanette Terry

Festive Fruit and Nut Balls
  • 3/4 cup(s) sugar

  • 1/2 cup(s) dried cranberries

  • 1/2 cup(s) pitted and snipped dates

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 1/3 cup(s) chopped pistachios, preferably unsalted

  • 1/3 cup(s) chopped walnuts

  • 1/3 cup(s) chopped pecans

  • 1 teaspoon(s) rum extract

  • 3/4 cup(s) shredded coconut

  1. Combine sugar, cranberries, dates and eggs in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens, is pale yellow in color, registers at least 170 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer and when a spoon is pulled through it, it leaves a clear trail. This will take 6 to 14 minutes, depending on the heat of your stove’s medium setting.

  2. 2. Remove from the heat; stir in pistachios, walnuts, pecans and rum extract. Let stand until cool enough to handle, about 45 minutes.

  3. 3. With damp or lightly oiled hands, form the mixture into 1-inch balls (about 1 generous teaspoon each). Roll each ball in coconut. Place the finished balls on a baking sheet lined with wax paper and store in the refrigerator.

Nutritional Facts

• Fat
3 g
• Cholesterol
12 mg
• Carbohydrate
9 g
• Protein

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1 reply

Anonymous 2010-12-01 07:42:12 -0600 Report

How many grams of sugar are there per ball? Your nutritional information doesn't specify. Is there an alternative ingredient in this recipe for the 3/4 cups of sugar?